January 2nd, 2008

Edna J. Oien

Edna J. Oien, 75, of Kadoka, SD died December 23, 2007, at St. Mary's Transitional Care Unit in Pierre.

Services were held Saturday, Dec. 29, at the Concordia Lutheran Church in Kadoka with Pastor Art Weitschat officiating.

Music was by Randi Oyan, organist and Susan Davidson, vocalist.

Ushers were Paul Briggs and Marv Moor. Pallbearers were Chip Mitchell, Brandon Mitchell, Tyrell Mitchell, Mark Carlson, Ted Hicks and Joe Hicks.

Interment was at South Creek Cemetery north of Kadoka.

Edna J. Sportsman was born Dec.

Lila Maxine Pratt Baye

Lila Maxine Pratt Baye passed away December 18, 2007, in Lakewood, CA.

She was born October 19, 1915, to Clarence and Effie (Gibson) Keyser in Shenandoah, IA. She was raised at the family ranch on Ash Creek, SD. Lila attended grade school there and high school in Philip, SD.

Lila married James Pratt in Madelia, MN, January 5, 1936. The couple moved to Long Beach, CA, in 1940. They were parents to one daughter, Rita Kathryn, born October 13, 1949.

Many years after her husband passed away, she was reunited with her childhood sweetheart, Edmund Baye.

John E. "Jack" Quinn

John "Jack" Quinn, age 88, of Milesville, died December 13, 2007, at his home.

Mass of Christian burial was cekebrated Monday, December 17, at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Philip, with Father Ron Garry as celebrant.

Music was provided by Marianne Frein, organist, Elliot Bierwagen, accompanist, and Glenn Parsons, vocalist. Lector was Missy Smith. Pallbearers were Martin Nelson, Don Schofield, Tom Barrett, Steve Pekron, Dick Hudson, Jerry Jones, Bob Berry, Mark Emerson and Pat O'Dea. Ushers were Jim Quinn and Eli Berry.

Gerald L. "Jerry" Kozitka

Gerald L. "Jerry" Kozitka passed away on December 9, 2007 on an airplane flight from Minneapolis, MN, to Palm Springs, CA.

Services were held Saturday, December 15, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Ogema, MN, with Pastor Del Strohs officiating.

Music was provided by Sarah Bauck, organist. Rick Kozitka was cross bearer.

Craig A. Reagle

Craig Anthony Reagle was born March 22, 1979, at the Cherry County Hospital in Valentine, NE. He was the second child of three children. He lived in Hidden Timber, SD, until 1987 when the family moved to the Lone Hill community near Mission, SD.

Craig attended grade school at Klein School in the Hidden Timber community until the beginning of second grade when he moved to North Elementary in Mission. He completed the remaining years through high school in Mission, graduating from Todd County High School in 1998.

LaVonne D. "Vonnie" Foreman

LaVonne "Vonnie" Foreman, age 75, of Kadoka, died December 15, 2007, at the Kadoka Nursing Home.

Memorial services will be held 2:00 p.m. Thursday, December 20, at the Belvidere Presbyterian Church in Belvidere, with Pastor Gary McCubbin officiating.

Music will be provided by Syd Iwan, organist, and Kim Foreman, vocalist.

Frederick J. Zebroski

Frederick John Zebroski, age 54, of Lander, WY, formerly of Philip, died December 13, 2007, in Lander.

A memorial service was held Tuesday, December 18, at the Lander Community Center.

Services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, December 20, at the United Church in Philip, with Pastor Mark Ford and Pastor Scott MacNaughton officiating.

Interment will be in the Masonic Cemetery, Philip.

Frederick John Zebroski was born July 8, 1953, the son of Raymond and Frances (Weischedel) Zebroski, in Pierre.

Commissioners wrap up 2007

The Haakon County Commissioners met Wednesday, December 26th to finalize the year 2007.

The board approved the final claims of the year along with travel requests. They also approved liquor renewals for T-34, the Philip Legion Hall and the Lake Waggoner Golf Course Clubhouse.

They discussed with Haakon County Highway Superintendent Kenny Neville the condition of the county's mowers. The two mowers are currently more than 20-years-old. They are both in bad condition and some of their parts are obsolete.

At 2007 year-end meeting, Philip City Council anticipates Missouri River water

The Philip City Council held its year-end meeting in the Commissioner's Room of the Haakon County Courthouse on Thursday, December 27th.

Members of the board of directors of West River/Lyman-Jones Rural Water System and other representatives addressed the council. They congratulated their partnership with Philip and all the people who played a part in the long project of getting Missouri River water to this area. The piping is now in place.

HEA auction based on celebrity donations

Local students show a limited number of the items to be auctioned off by the HEA on January 20th. Back row, from left: Rachel Wheeler, Tyana Gottsleben, Emma Slovek, Chana Gottsleben and Tara Gottsleben. Front: Elise Wheeler and Sayde Slovek.

The Haakon Education Association (HEA) will hold an auction of celebrity-donated items on January 20, 2008, in the Fine Arts Building, beginning at 1:00 p.m.

The organization is raising the final amount of funds necessary to purchase the centerpiece large play system for the elementary playground. There are 17 HEA members who include teachers, support staff, retired teachers and substitutes. Many non-members have also been helping with the playground equipment project.

So far, eight pieces of equipment have already been installed.